India set New Zealand 617 run target

Published: Monday, April 6, 2009, 7:24 [IST]
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India set NZ daunting target of 617

Wellington: Chasing a massive target of 617 New Zealand were 37/1 at lunch in their second innings on the fourth day of the third Test at Basin Reserve in Wellington on Monday.

Earlier Indian skipper MS Dhoni smashed an unbeaten 56 as India declared their second innings at 434-7 on the fourth day, setting New Zealand a massive 617-run target to draw level in the series.

India have more than five sessions to bowl out the home team to clinch the series 2-0.

Dhoni reached his 16th half-century with the help of 7 fours after Chris Martin dismissed Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh in one over to reduce India to 397/7.

The twin breakthroughs came when Harbhajan (0) top edged a rising delivery to fine leg where Tim Southee dived forward to take a fumbling catch.

Three deliveries earlier, Martin pitched a delivery up drawing Yuvraj into the shot who edged it without moving his feet, to first slip for Ross Taylor to take the catch. Yuvraj hit a six and 6 fours in his 40-run knock that came off 46 balls. The six and three of those fours came off successive deliveries in an over by Iain O'Brien.


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